Hospital turns to Siemon Company, 3Com solution

April 14, 2004
April 14, 2004 - University of Utah Hospital expands network to access 3,000 users.

As a result of a strategic alliance between 3Com and The Siemon Company, a Salt Lake City hospital now uses 3Com IntelliJack switches, a system that converts a single Ethernet wall outlet into four switched Ethernet ports.

The system uses The Siemon Company's pass-through adapter plates.

The University of Utah Hospital turned to 3Com Corp. for cost-effective way to expand network access to its 3,000 users. The hospital had invested in a high-end wiring infrastructure to support the bandwidth-intensive applications critical to modern healthcare, and was determined to optimize performance at the network edge.

Each IntelliJack features two optional unswitched "pass-through" ports fitted with adapter plates that snap into the back of the 3Com switch to accommodate state-of-the-art Siemon MAX connectors. Using this configuration, UUH now has six Ethernet ports, four switched and two unswitched, wherever it once had one.

"At 3Com, we believe one network should be capable of driving many Internet protocol-based applications, from voice and data to access control and security video," says Seth Adler, 3Com global marketing manager. "Companies invest in the Siemon Cabling System because they have a need for a robust cabling infrastructure capable of supporting the growing level of convergence and advanced networking applications.

"IntelliJacks with Siemon adapters allow them to extend their networks quickly and simply," Adler continues. "Working together, 3Com and Siemon can now provide customers with the rock-solid connectivity they need from core to edge."

At UUH, this level of connectivity is supporting thousands of network devices, including computers, printers, a 3Com networked telephony system and specialized beds that deliver continuous readings of vital signs.

The 3Com Siemon strategic alliance emanated from Graybar, a St. Louis, MO-based electrical, telecommunications and networking distributor with ties to both companies.

The Siemon Company, based in Watertown, CT, manufactures structured cabling solutions. 3Com, based in Marlborough, MA, manufactures voice/data products. For more information visit or

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